Surat, Gujarat | Solar Pumps Tool Made with Humane Club

Surat, Gujarat

It has a relatively small proportion of its net sown area unirrigated, indicating poor irrigation demand. In the district, horticulture crops occupy a relatively high proportion of gross cropped area, raising the economic viability of solar pumps here. Overall, water availability for irrigation in the district (based on ground water development and long-term trends of water level decline) is within the safe limit, enhancing long-term sustainability of solar pumps. For average crop revenue per holding, the district appears among the top 25 percentile of districts, implying higher investment capacity of the farmers here. The district has a relatively high penetration of banks in rural and semi-rural areas, facilitating higher access to institutional credit for farmers. The district appears in the group of districts, which show (very) low vulnerability towards climate change, as per an index constructed by CRIDA.

Deployment Approaches

Approaches Feasibility
Individually owned off-grid solar pumps Limited Suitability
Solarisation of feeders Suitable
Solar based water as a service Limited Suitability
Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps Limited Suitability

Individually owned off-grid solar pumps

Limited Suitability

The district has ground water available within the safe limit, a comparatively high concentration of diesel pump users, and high crop revenue per holding, but has a relatively low disbursement of institutional credit. Long-term bank loans should be promoted in the district to enable the adoption of capital-intensive farm technologies, including solar pumps.

Parameter Value Percentile
Number of cultivators reporting use of diesel pumps 20,507 55
Water Availability Index 1 100
Crop revenue per holding (INR) 309,723 92
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 28 49

Solarisation of feeders

Suitable

Given the relatively high bullk power purchase rate for the respective DISCOM, a comparatively high extent of feeder segregation, and a high penetration of electric pumps, solarisation of the feeders would be a recommended way to promote solar-powered irrigation in the district. It would ensure the rapid and cost effective solarisation of irrigation power at a large scale.

Parameter Value Percentile
Power purchase rate for DISCOM (INR/kWh) 4.17 66
Extent of feeder segregation 100% 69
Proportion of cultivators reporting use of electric pumps 18% 66

Solar based water as a service

Limited Suitability

Groundwater availability in the district is within the safe limit. But, a rather low concentration of small and marginal farmers and a relatively low proportion of unirrigated area make it difficult to promote solar-based irrigation through the water-as-a-service model here.

Parameter Value Percentile
Water Availability Index 1 100
Proportion of small and marginal cultivators 71% 25
Unirrigated net sown area as a share of total net sown area 21% 23

Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps

Limited Suitability

The district has groundwater availability within safe limit and a relatively high proportion of horticulture crops under gross cropped area. But, a rather low concentration of marginal farmers, and a comparatively low disbursement of institutional credit to them make it difficult to promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps here.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area 20% 79
Water Availability Index 1 100
Proportion of marginal cultivators 44% 26
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 28 49

Leveraging Solar Pumps to Promote Policy Objectives

If you are deploying solar pumps in this district then you can further these policy objectives.

National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP)

The relatively low share of oilseeds and oil palm crops under gross sown area in the district makes it a suitable candidate for promoting NMOOP. Solar pumps could meet irrigation needs for these crops and help farmers diversify their yields beyond cereals.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under oilseeds as a share of total cropped area 0.04 43

Per Drop More Crop

In the district, crops suitable for drip and sprinkler irrigation occupy a relatively high proportion of gross cropped area, making it easy to adopt such high precision irrigation methods. Solar pumps, along with other efficient and precise water application devices, could be deployed under Per Drop More Crop to promote efficient irrigation.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under crops suitable for drip and sprinkler irrigation as a share of total cropped area 0.54 89

Surat, Gujarat
Summary
Number of operational holdings
139,429
Average size of operational holding (Ha)
1.7
No. of cultivators using diesel pumps
20,507
No. of cultivators using electric pumps
24,477
Parameters (value, percentile)
Unirrigated net sown area ('000 ha)
45
43
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area
20%
79
Water Availability Index
1
100
Monthly per capita expenditure of rural agricultural households (INR)
1,020
30
Crop revenue per holding (INR)
309,723
92
No. of rural and semi-urban bank branches per 10,000 farmers
21.87
91
Medium and long-term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore)
28
49
No. of calls made at Kisan Call Centre (between 1.1.2011 - 31.12.2015)
529
29
Level of farm mechanisation (tractors, harvesters, threshers per ha)
0.33
57